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Gerard Goggin has produced an incisive and penetrating overview of the world according to mobiles. Covering sight, sound and status, plus a host of other issues, he provides a provocative analysis of how mobile communication gadgets come to play such a prominent role in our lives. Any scholar of New Media will want to read this book – James Katz, Department of Communication, Rutgers University, USA
With billions of users worldwide, the cell phone is not only a successful communications technology; it is also key to the future of media. Global Mobile Media offers an overview of the complex topic of mobile media, looking at the emerging industry structures, new media economies, mobile media cultures and network politics of cell phones as they move centre-stage in media industries.
The development, adoption and significance of cell phones for society and culture have been registered in a growing body of work. Where existing books have focused on communication, and on the social and cultural aspects of mobile media, Global Mobile Media looks at the media dimensions. Goggin provides a pioneering yet measured evaluation of how cell phone corporations, media interests, users and policy makers are together shaping a new media dispensation.
Global Mobile Media successfully places new mobile media historically, socially and culturally in a wider field of portable media technologies through extensive case studies, including:
Global Mobile Media is an engaging, accessible text which will be of immense interest to upper-level undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers in Communication Studies, Cultural Studies and Media Studies, as well as those taking New Media courses.
@contents: Selected Contents: List of Tables and Figures Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Chapter 1. Introduction: Mobiles as global media Part I Mobiles and the New Media Economies Chapter 2. Power and mobile media: structures, networks, and control Chapter 3. Cultural economy of mobiles: new relations of production and consumption Part II Mobile Media Cultures Chapter 4. Mobile music: ringtones, music players, and the sound of everything Chapter 5. The mobile invention of television: post-broadcasting and audiovisual politics Chapter 6. Mobile gaming: playing the portable Chapter 7. Mobile Internet: new social technologies Part III Politics of Mobile Media Networks Chapter 8. The computer, the Internet, and the mobile: the case of the iPhone Chapter 9. The mobile commons? Open networked cultures beyond the politics of code Chapter 10. Conclusion: Culture garden — for mobile media futures Notes Bibliography Index